Editor's note

Yesterday Prime Minister Scott Morrison said “a sophisticated state actor” was responsible for a hack into Australian Parliament House computers. The networks of three political parties - Liberal, Labor and the Nationals - were also affected. Surprised? Cyber defence expert Tom Sears isn’t. He says cyber measures targeting Australian government infrastructure are the “new normal”. And that actually, it’s the government response which is the most unique thing about this recent attack.

Labor has been painting the government as going slow in implementing the recommendations of the Hayne Royal Commission, but Brendan Coates says in one respect it has been Labor (with the Greens) that has been working to keep superannuation costs high. Grattan Institute calculations show amendments it has proposed to the Coalitions’ Protecting Your Super Bill could cost young and low income workers $400 million a year.

And as the Oscars fast approach, our critic Ari Mattes offers his guide to the Best Picture nominees. The standout, he writes, is The Favourite, a delicious parody of royalty featuring a stellar performance by Olivia Colman.

Sarah Keenihan

Section Editor: Science + Technology

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Prime Minister Morrison said there was no evidence of electoral interference linked to a hack of the Australian Parliament House computer network. from www.shutterstock.com

A state actor has targeted Australian political parties – but that shouldn’t surprise us

Tom Sear, UNSW

For many of us, this hack seems to have come out of the blue. But cyber measures targeting Australian government infrastructure are the 'new normal'.

Labor wants young Australians defaulted into insurance the Productivity Commission says most don’t need. Shutterstock

This time it’s Labor and the Greens standing in the way of cheaper super

Brendan Coates, Grattan Institute

Labor's proposed amendments to the Coalition's Protecting Your Super Bill would have cost young Australians $400 million a year.

Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz in The Favourite (2018). Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Film4

Best Picture at the Oscars? Why it has to be The Favourite out of a weak bunch

Ari Mattes, University of Notre Dame Australia

The stand-out film is a delirious parody of royalty with a stellar performance by Olivia Colman. BlacKkKlansman is another strong contender - but the critical darling Roma is over-rated.

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    There is a clear link between women who have experienced domestic violence and mental illness. This link needs to be better addressed in mental health services.

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